Small Space Gardening: Grow Veggies on a Vegetable Trellis

How to Grow More Veggies In Less Garden Space

Peas growing below cucumbers on vegetable trellis in my garden.

If your home garden space is small and you're looking for a way to get more produce from a tiny vegetable patch, try growing veggies on a trellis or vertical plant support. Many vegetables produce more fruit in less space grown on a vegetable trellis. Veggies grown vertically are easier to harvest, and they stay clean with less rot, too.

I use a free-standing staked vertical garden trellis strung with nylon garden netting to support peas in a small kitchen garden near my back door, plus I plant a later crop of peas and lettuce beneath the lean-to frame; the slight shade cools the soil and air a bit for these veggies that wilt and bolt in the heat of summer.

Adding a trellis to your vegetable garden is a good investment that will increase your harvest yield in a small space garden patch. Go vertical and get more harvest from a small garden or raised bed planter.

Raised Bed Vegetable Garden with Tomato Tower Supports

I Love My Vegetable Garden Trellis Collection

I use all different types of small space veggie garden supports

You can find a nice range of commercial garden trellis kits available, or you can make your own vegetable trellis supports. I like to use a lean-to design trellis in my vegetable garden to grow cucumbers and plant lettuce or peas in the shady space below the mesh.

I grow peas in a raised bed garden right outside my back door.  My robust patch of sugar snap peas gets plenty of support from a simple stretched nylon netting trellis that spans three sides of the growing box.

In my flower garden along the back of our house, I grow more pea vines on a simple twig trellis I made from thin tree branch trimmings woven together using a simple wattle fence technique.  The peas share the twig trellis with a climbing rose I can see from the kitchen sink window.

Garden Pergola Planter

Add a functional and beautiful entrance to your garden or patio

Dramatic and practical garden planter pergola made of cedar will last a lifetime

Maximize space while adding to the natural beauty of your garden with this arched pergola planter kit.

You get a planter plus beautiful and sturdy trellis that's decorative and functional.

Cedar garden pergola planter Cedar Pergola Planter 3 ft W x 9.5ft L x 8 ft H

This garden pergola vertical garden kit consists of two substantial cedar planter boxes fitted with trellis backs that join overhead to form a pergola. Plants can also be placed in pots below or near the boxes to maximize vertical growing space.

Handcrafted  and finished in the USA from 100-percent Western red cedar. Minimal assembly required.

Can be used as a garden/patio entrance or trellis for climbing plants. Includes space saving planter boxes as shown. 

Pole beans growing on sapling bean pole towers

In my big vegetable garden,  pole beans climb up a series of bean towers I made by lashing together the tops of 4 long sapling poles cut from the woods behind our house.  Our cucumbers are living the high life lifted up off the soil with a lean-to vegetable support trellis made with recycled garden fence and more sapling poles.

Cedar Wooden Planter Box - Instant Container Garden

Beauty and function in a small space

cedar garden planter box patio garden containerThis cedar garden planter is beautiful and sturdy. I would love to have this on my patio, to plant with vegetables and flowers. Container gardens are easy to care for and can produce an abundance of vegetables and flowers in a small space.

Natural unfinished cedar wooden planter box has four sturdy legs that hold the box up off the surface; lets you grow vegetables or flowers on patio, porch deck or lawn area.

Sturdy planter system measures 18 inches deep  x 48 in long x 19 in high. The perfect planter for front entry way, patio, balcony or deck.

Ideal for growing herbs, flowers and small vegetables in a small area, and it's as beautiful as it is sustainable and sturdy. 

Handcrafted in the USA of 100% Western Red Cedar this beautiful all wood, rot resistant planter box is ergonomically designed to eliminate sore backs. Tool Free Assembly - put it together and start gardening in minutes. 

Includes custom cut landscape fabric. Gronomics products are perfect for Square Foot Gardening technique grid system of planting.

Cedar Planter Box Cedar Planter Box 18 in W x 48 in L x 19 in H - order now from MasterGardening

Peas growing happily under a home made cucumber trellis in my vegetable garden

Home Made Cucumber Trellis

Keep vines and veggies off the soil away from slugs and dirt with a vertical garden support

Cucumbers, squash,melons and tomatoes grow on vines and they're quite happy sprawling all over the ground in your garden, but if you need to save space or want to keep your veggies up off the soil, grow them on a trellis. When you grow cucumbers or tomatoes vertically on a trellis support they're easier to pick, they don't get deformed or rotten and they stay clean. There's less chance of slug or rodent damage when you provide a sturdy trellis for your veggies to climb. 

DIY Vegetable Trellis - how to make a vegetable garden trellis like the one shown above, an inexpensive and sturdy vegetable trellis for your vegetable garden. Takes about an hour and costs less than $5.00.

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DIY Vegetable Trellis

Cucumbers grow on simple to make DIY trellis in small vegetable garden

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Small Space Gardeners

Trellis or No Trellis?

There are many different ways to maximize produce in a small space garden. Trellising is only one solution ... have you tried it?

Woven twigs pea trellis with grapevine wreath.

Small Space Garden Trellis Options

Artful Garden Supports for Vertical Growing

Unique, well-designed simple growing systems for cultivating vegetables or flowers in a small garden or on your patio.

EarthBox White Garden Trellis

EarthBox White Garden Trellis

Show off your climbing crops with the garden trellis from EarthBox. Attaches to the Earthbox veneer planter.

Garden Trellis is UV stabilized and requires no maintenance since it is made from durable, easy-to-assemble PVC.

Measures 55.5" H x 33.5" W x 2" D.

EarthBox White Garden Trellis- $89.00 


 Nantucket Trellis

For those without room for something as large as an arbor orpergola, the Nantucket Trellis offers an attractive alternative. Adding a touch of class to your home, the Nantucket Trellis is made with the same WeatherWear technology as the rest of New England Arbors' products.

This technology uses hi-grade polyvinyl and polyethylene and molds it around modern structural elements for a trellis that's durable.

Just an occasional rinse with a garden hose and your Nantucket Trellis will look as fresh as spring.

White Nantucket Trellis- $229.00

Vegetable Trellising

Good or Waste of Money/Time?

Some gardeners love trellises and plant supports, while others just let plants "do their thing" in the garden. Share your thoughts here ...

Do vegetable trellises and supports increase produce yields in small space gardens?

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Yes, I get way more veggies from my little garden when I use plant supports

Writer Oakwood says "Of course, vertical gardening increases the yield per square foot of soil. Doesn't work will all veggies though - like carrots :)"

No, I have no difference in my garden yields if I use trellising or plant supports

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Do you use a trellis or other plant supports in your vegetable garden?

Share your ideas or tips for maximizing your harvest in a small space vegetable garden or raised bed.

Have you tried the vertical gardening veggie support trick to get more produce from a small garden or raised bed planting box? What's your favorite type of vegetable trellis or vegetable plant support?


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bill on said:
Nice use of the new Duel section! We have little space here, so if I attempt a veggie garden next year, this will come in useful.
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Trellises are a great way to use vertical space in the garden. I'm a fan!
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I've always want to grow my own veggies but everything I plant dies :)
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We have a small garden space so I definitely might try a trellis next year. This year we had hard rain for so long that the only thing which survived were the peas. At least the weeds are gone too so next year will be easier if the weather cooperates. Nice suggestion on the tall trellis.
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This is square-foot gardening designed for even smaller spaces. What a great idea. I might try this if I ever learn how to grow vegetables.
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marciag on said:
This is perfect for anyone who has a tiny space for gardening and growing green. I wonder if some of these ideas could translate in a balcony gardening - I live in an apartment (sadly) so I don't have much green space around me.
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I should try it - though I am really bad at gardening. My zucchini plants aren't even fruiting this year?! Ah well. I do like the idea of keeping the veggies out of the dirt and away from the bugs and rot.
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I always seem to live in areas with limited outdoor space, so this leaf is wonderful for me.

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